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Only 3-8% of the original number of Southern Bluefin Tuna still exist. AAP

Australian endangered species: Southern Bluefin Tuna

Note: Southern Bluefin Tuna is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, but only as conservation dependent under Australian legislation. Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) are majestic, temperate…
A bushfire smoke plume visible from Park Beach in Forcett, south-east of Hobart. AAP

Smoke from bushfires poses a health hazard for all of us

The bushfires currently raging across south-eastern Australia have, once again, focused national attention on the risks they pose for the community. The immediate concerns, naturally, are the direct impacts…
Eggs are an inexpensive source of high quality protein, as well as being rich in minerals and vitamins. Christopher/Flickr

Settling the debate about whether eggs are good for you

Eating egg yolks is similar to smoking for the damage it does to your arteries, according to a Canadian study published in the scientific journal Atherosclerosis. But how seriously should you take this…
Our opportunity to keep temperature rises below two degrees may have slipped away. Ged Carroll

The widening gap between present emissions and the two-degree target

The 2012 global carbon emission summary released today shows an ever-widening gap between rising emissions and the steps necessary to keep global temperatures within the generally agreed - but increasingly…
Who made this mess, and why? David Midgley

Unravelling the mystery of eucalypt scribbles

Some natural phenomena are so familiar to us that they feature in our lives and culture, yet we know precious little about them. Sometimes we don’t even know how little we know. Take the subject of our…
You’d probably get a bit of a fright if ball lightning started moving through your house. Wikimedia Commons

Ball lightning exists … but what on Earth is it?

Ball lightning is one of the strangest phenomena on our planet. It’s usually seen during thunderstorms as a ball of light about the size of a grapefruit, with the intensity of roughly a 40W light bulb…
Overuse of nitrogen fertiliser can have nasty environmental consequences. eutrophication&hypoxia/Flickr

Agriculture’s hunger for nitrogen oversteps planetary boundaries

Planet Earth has boundaries for its biophysical subsystems. By 2009, we had already exceeded three of the boundaries – climate change, biodiversity loss, and the nitrogen cycle. Climate change is a top-of-mind…
Scientists worked with Hendra virus at the highest level of biosafety within CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory. CSIRO

How we developed the Hendra virus vaccine for horses

Today we are launching Equivac® HeV, the world’s first commercially available Hendra vaccine for horses. This breakthrough is the culmination of a scientific journey that dates back to the emergence of…
Could waves and ocean currents hold a key to a renewable energy future? Sunova Surfboards

Ocean power making waves in Australia’s clean energy future

CSIRO recently announced that energy from the ocean could supply 11% of Australia’s demand by 2050. That is enough to power a city the size of Melbourne. It is a bold claim, but it’s time for Australia…
The CSIRO’s last and most ambitious megatrend: that people of the future will have a greater expectation of happiness through experiences over material consumption. Flickr/Goodncrazy

Megatrends: great expectations and the quest for happiness

Welcome to The Conversation’s series on megatrends, on six of the most compelling economic, social, environmental, political and technological changes Australia must grapple with, according to the CSIRO…
Technology has already transformed how many of us work and shop - and left unwary businesses behind. Flickr/Baddog

Megatrends: the world is virtually here

Welcome to The Conversation’s series on megatrends. What are the compelling economic, social, environmental, political and technological changes Australia must grapple with over the coming decades? In…
By collecting air at pristine Cape Grim since 1978, scientists have been able to track the concentration of ozone depleting substances. AAP/Bureau of Meteorology

What are ozone depleting substances?

SAVING THE OZONE: Part four in our series exploring the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer – dubbed “the world’s most successful environmental agreement” – looks at the substances…
By 2050, 22% of the world’s population - more than 2 billion people - will be over 60 years old. Flickr/außerirdische sind gesund

Megatrends: preparing for a ripe old age

Welcome to The Conversation’s series on megatrends. What are the compelling economic, social, environmental, political and technological changes Australia must grapple with over the coming decades? In…

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